Wildcats point to future after driving past Blazers

November 12, 2005|By CHRIS CARTER

WILLIAMSPORT - On Williamsport's final play of the season, a pair of sophomores hooked up for a 50-yard touchdown to cap a 57-0 MVAL Antietam victory over Clear Spring on Friday night.

Ask Wildcats coach Adrian Custer who scored on that play, and he'll answer that it was the seniors.

"These seniors laid the groundwork for everyone that came after them," Custer said. "They left a good taste of what this team can do for the juniors and sophomores and the other players to come."

The seniors bid farwell, but not before a curtain call on Senior Night.

Seniors Justin Bussard, Tanner Brown, Ian Hamilton and Rob Shawley all scored touchdowns in their prep football finales.

"It felt great to win in our last game as seniors because not a lot of other Williamsport teams have been able to do it," said Bussard, who rushed for 77 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown scramble. "This is something we're not going to forget. We laid the foundation for Williamsport to be a good football team in the years to come."


Meanwhile the passing of the torch seemed to occur with the emergence of several sophomores, who accounted for five touchdowns, including the game-ending strike from backup quarterback Adam Cook to Linton Colton.

Sophomore Kyle Cunningham teamed with Hamilton and proved to be too much for the Blazers (1-9, 0-7). Hamilton used his quickness to rush for 123 yards, while Cunningham pounded his way to 67 yards and two touchdowns.

"I guess you could kind of call them a thunder and lightning combo," Custer said. "Kyle has played well all year and didn't come off the field on either side. Hamilton is a senior that we've relied on a lot and he's made plays for us."

Williamsport (4-6, 2-5) finished with 297 yards rushing and outgained the Blazers, 354-66. The Wildcats' defense gave up just 11 yards on the ground, forced four turnovers and scored two defensive touchdowns.

"(The coaches) did a great job of scheming on defense. We did exactly what we wanted from what we practiced," Custer said.

Williamsport was determined to send out its seniors on a high note. Not even a 45-minute delay could derail that goal. The game was stopped at the start of the second quarter when the stadium lights went dark due to a nearby transformer problem.

"That's just an example of some of the adversity that these guys have had to face," Custer said, "and that's the kind of adversity they've worked to overcome and they will continue to overcome."

Leading Clear Spring were Jesse Jarvis, who rushed for 30 yards, and Donnie Lapole, who caught four passes for 26 yards.

"This wasn't the way we wanted to end the season, but I think we showed we have a lot that we can build on," said Blazers coach John Wilson.

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